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The FBI used faked terrorism emergencies to illegally obtain Americans' phone records: Report

The FBI used faked terrorism emergencies to illegally obtain Americans' phone records: Report
By Brian Kates
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, January 19th 2010, 10:44 AM

The FBI faked terrorism emergencies to illegally obtain more than 2,000 U.S. telephone records between 2002
and 2006, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

FBI general counsel Valerie Caproni told the Washington Post that the FBI technically violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act when agents invoked nonexistent emergencies to collect records.

A Justice Department inspector general's report due out this month is expected to conclude that the FBI frequently violated the law with its emergency requests, bureau officials confirmed.

The maneuver was based on a system used in the FBI's New York office in the aftermath of Sept. 11 attacks, officials said.